Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra - Two Versions of White Heat
Two versions of "White Heat" performed by Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra, dating from January 26, 1934 and April 7, 1939. From the original 78rpm disks.
Source Original 78rpm disk digitized by old78collector
Wile E. Coyote
June 20, 2015
Both good, but later version has more drive
OK, the 1934 version recorded for Victor is good, but it's obvious that the band refined the tune by the time the 1939 version was recorded, although the Columbia recording was left unissued until 1947 on Columbia 38341. Although Jimmie Lunceford released several records on Columbia, I suspect that the 1939 version of "White Heat" was actually recorded for Brunswick and got swept under the rug when Bill Paley retired the Brunswick name in favor of Columbia (the parent was CBS, after all). The fact that Harry James' 1939 recordings with vocals by Frank Sinatra were all recorded for Brunswick and later turned up on Columbia gives credence to my suspicion about the 1939 recording of "White Heat." No matter how you slice it, the later recording is far more energetic than the earlier one and really swings! BTW, the sound quality of both files is outstanding for 78 rpm dubs!